In race and reunion david w blight demonstrates that as soon as the guns fell silent debate over how to remember the civil war beganblights study of how americans remembered the civil war in the 50 years after appomattox exemplifies these themes it is the most comprehensive and insightful study of the memory of the civil war yet to . Simply put race and reunion is an examination of how the civil war came to be remembered in the 50 years following the war and how the racial equality granted during the war came to be forgotten and racism and white supremacy accepted in american society. Race and reunion is a history of how the unity of white america was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the civil war blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice reconstruction the romanticized south of literature soldiers reminiscences of battle the idea of the lost cause . As crucial as the pivotal national victory in the american civil war is how our nation recalled the significance of that watershed event in professor david blights profoundly stirring history of civil war memory race and reunion how and why the american people committed that event to their historical consciousness looms as significant as the event itself. Race and reunion the civil war in american memory by david w blight cam bridge mass belknap press of harvard university press 2001 pp 512 2995 what americans needed to remember about the civil war wrote union veteran and advocate of black rights albion w tourge in 1884 is not the battles the
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